Moving to Mexico: Things you should know before you immigrate to Mexico

Moving to Mexico sounds like a dream to many people all around the world. With its pleasant climate, delicious cuisine and friendly people, there are so many many reasons to immigrate to Mexico, that you might want to start packing today. But before you do that, make sure that you are well prepared for your move to Mexico. There is an endless list of things you have to think about but with our guide below, you will be ready to set sail for Mexico!

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Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, someone who has never has eaten Mexican food is really missing out on one of the finest cuisines globally. With corn, peppers, tomatoes, and avocados as the main ingredients, Mexican cuisine has been developing for more than a thousand years. Only the cuisine would already be a reason for moving to Mexico from the USA but there are so many more things that make Mexico enticing. The long sandy beaches (Mexico has 9.330 km of coastline), the low cost of living and the proximity to the USA, make it an ideal location for expats.

Relocating from the USA to Mexico might seem easy as it is so close. But just as for immigrants from any other country, there are loads of things to be aware of. The table below will introduce some basic knowledge about Mexico.

CapitalMexico City (abbreviation: CDMX) is the capital of Mexico. With a little under 9 million inhabitants, it is also one of the biggest cities in the world.
TimezoneThere are 4 time zones in Mexico which range from UTC-5 and UTC-8.
CurrencyMexican Peso, sign:$, code MXN.
PopulationWith more than 126 million inhabitants, Mexico ranks as the tenth biggest country in the world.
How do you call someone from Mexico?a Mexican
Official languageSpanish is the de facto official language, which makes Mexico the country with the most Spanish speakers. Besides Spanish, there are more than 8 million people who speak indigenous languages.
International dialing code+52
Emergency number911
DrivingOn the right side
TippingIt is standard to tip between 10-20% in a restaurant, cafe etc..
Unusual factThe official name of Mexico is The United States of Mexico

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Living in Mexico

Living in Mexico is like a dream come true for many. But be aware, more things are different than you might expect. There are several things that you should know before you move to Mexico.

  • The bureaucracy is horrendous. With huge waiting lists for various services, unqualified personnel and the need to visit multiple offices for one document, you had better take a legal advisor when your budget allows it.
  • Mexico is a cash country. This doesn’t mean that you cannot pay by card at all but things as direct debit are unheard of in Mexico. Also, banking often has to be done in person instead of online.
  • Due to narco-violence, there is often a lot of police and military present on the streets.

Visa Regulations for Mexico

The kind of visa you need depends on the passport you have.

  • Visitors from the USA, Canada, most Latin-American countries, the EU, The UK, and Australia, don’t need a visa for a visit up to 90 days. For all other countries, there is a visa requirement.
  • With the FM3 visa, you can stay up to 6 months in Mexico. However, when you are thinking about a longer period, you can apply for the FM2 visa, which is for permanent residence.
  • The list of documents you need for this application depends on the country you are from. In any case, it is best to contact your local embassy to get a printed list of all the requirements.



Healthcare in Mexico

Healthcare is reasonably priced in Mexico, with a doctor’s visit (at your home) costing about 45 bucks.
Health insurance is not compulsory in Mexico, but people rarely go without. There are three types of health insurance in Mexico:

  • Health insurance for employed people. This insurance is available for everyone working in the public and private sector. In most cases, the fee is directly deducted from your salary or wage.
  • Health insurance for unemployed people. When you are unemployed
  • Private insurance is available for everyone who can afford it.

School and education in Mexico

There is a huge difference between public and private education in Mexico. Public education is free and accessible to everyone. Keep in mind that public education often has budget problems, is plagued by corruption and doesn’t have proper resources. On the contrary, private schools in Mexico are of high quality. There are hefty fees for this kind of education, but you can be sure that the quality of education and material is much better. Due to the high fees, private education is mostly for rich people and expats.
There are 3 basic levels of school in Mexico.

Primary school1-6
Junior high school7-9
High school10-12

University education is pretty much the same as in most Western countries:

Type of degreeDuration
Bachelor4 years
Master2 years
Doctorate3 years

The job market in Mexico

There are many options if your skill is in the manufacturing or service industry. There are also a great number multinationals present (especially in Mexico City), where you might be able to secure a job with an above average salary by Mexican standards. Another good option is, to keep your current job, that is if you can do your job remotely.
To make the job hunting easier, keep the following in mind:

  • Speak/learn Spanish
  • Start looking for a job before you go to Mexico
  • Have all your diplomas certified and translated (this goes for all your documents)
  • Contact other expats, they can help you with advice on how to find a job locally and what the best options are in a specific region of Mexico.

Property information in Mexico

The rental prices highly depend on your location, with Mexico City being by far the most expensive city to live in. In general, you could say that a furnished apartment in an expensive district will cost you about MEX$260, where a furnished apartment in a cheap district goes for about MEX$145. However, living outside of the big cities already save you a bag of dimes and when you share living space you can even save more.

Cost of moving to Mexico

The average moving costs for Mexico depend on a number of things:

  • Location in your home country and in Mexico
  • The number of things you want to move
  • How fast you want these things to be on your new spot
  • How to ship them: package, multiple packages in one shipment or maybe a pallet.

When we talk about the average moving costs in Mexico, you should also take into consideration that it is a wise move to ensure your possessions.
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Cost of living in Mexico

Compared to western countries as the USA, Canada, the UK and so on, living in Mexico is rather inexpensive. But of course, it all depends on your income. Are you working for an American or European multinational? Then you will be able to live a carefree life. However, when you work in a public school or a voluntary project, your meagre salary might be just enough to stay alive. So, when you are thinking of relocating to Mexico, make sure that you have a budget that matches your lifestyle.

Driving in Mexico

With an American or Canadian driving license, you can drive and rent a car in Mexico. When you obtained your license in another country, you will have to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP). This is easy to obtain, you just apply for it at your local driving authority.
Of course, driving in Mexico has its own peculiarities. So, let’s have a look at a few of them.

  • Traffic in Mexico is probably something you have never seen before, especially when you are located in Mexico City. Getting somewhere in time is like a wild goose chase. Be cautious at all times and when it is your first time, let your passengers help you scout potential dangers.
  • There are toll roads in Mexico, so plan your trip ahead. this way you won’t have the unpleasant surprise of additional costs during your trip.
  • Traffic officers might be corrupt and looking for a way to earn some extra money from a foreigner. Get informed about traffic fines, how much they are and how to avoid them.

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